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Nov 12 13:34

Israel is silencing the last voices trying to stop abuses against Palestinians

Jonathan Cook highlights recent cases of extraordinary human rights abuses by Israeli soldiers, and argues that it is a sign of Israel’s overweening confidence in its own impunity that it is also openly violating the rights of those whose job it is to monitor human rights.>>

Nov 12 09:57

Polish PM Slams Netflix World War II Documentary: ‘Nothing Short of Rewriting History’

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemned Netflix for inaccuracies in a documentary it debuted about World War II, Poland’s national press agency reported on Monday.

Mateusz sent a letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings accusing the film The Devil Next Door of “obfuscating historical facts,” including showcasing maps that “falsely places several German Nazi concentration camps within modern-day Poland’s borders,” according to the Polish Press Agency:

Nov 12 09:55

Dozens of rockets fired from Gaza after Israel assassinates senior Islamic Jihad leader

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel does not seek to escalate tensions with the besieged Gaza Strip, just hours after the Israeli army announced that it had assassinated a senior military leader of Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

In a statement, Islamic Jihad confirmed the death of 42-year-old Bahaa Abu al-Atta, the group's commander in the northern Gaza Strip, and his wife Asmaa, 39, in an Israeli attack on their house in the east of Gaza City.

Around an hour after the killings in Gaza, dozens of missiles were launched into Israel from Gaza after Palestinian groups vowed retaliation for the killings. Israeli forces have carried out several subsequent strikes in Gaza

At least two more Palestinians, who Israel claimed was part of an Islamic Jihad rocket launching unit, were reported to have been killed, the Gaza Ministry of Health said, raising the death toll to four Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza on Tuesday.

Nov 12 09:54

Israeli settlement products must be clearly labelled, rules European court

The European Union's top court has ruled in favour of clearly labelling products made in Israeli settlements as having been produced in the occupied West Bank, an announcement that could have wide-reaching implications.

The ruling, which the European Court of Justice (ECJ) delivered on Tuesday morning, clarifies labelling rules for Israeli settlement products sold in France specifically.

"Foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the State of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin, accompanied, where those foodstuffs come from an Israeli settlement within that territory, by the indication of that provenance," the ECJ said in a statement - adding that such labelling would allow consumers to make choices based on "ethical considerations and considerations relating to the observance of international law".

Nov 12 06:21

IsraeGaza StripIsraeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and Syria early Tuesday, escalating Israel’s confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants.

In eastern Gaza, the Israeli strike killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his wife, setting off a furious barrage of Gaza-fired rockets that reached as far as the Tel Aviv heartland as Islamic Jihad vowed further revenge. The military said Abu el-Atta was the mastermind of recent attacks against Israel and the militant group’s top commander in Gaza.

Meanwhile, Syrian officials said an Israeli airstrike in the capital, Damascus, targeted another Islamic Jihad commander, Akram al-Ajouri, who was not harmed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel has become a regional master at provocation, assassinations, and is obviously readying for a complete, utter, and total war against Gaza.

I would like to strongly, but politely, caution Tel Aviv to be very, very careful about what it wishes for, as the outcome to such a conflict.

Nov 12 06:13

Israeli forces kill another young Palestinian man ‘for no reason’ in Hebron refugee camp

Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man outside his home today in the al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

Omar al-Badawi, reported to be 22-years-old, was shot in the abdomen near the front steps of his home in the camp during protests commemorating the death of revered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Eyewitness reports said that al-Badawi was exiting his home in an attempt to put out a small fire that had started nearby as a result of clashes between Israeli forces and local protesters.

Nov 12 06:12

Israel murders senior Islamic Jihad official and his wife in Gaza

The Israeli occupation army announced on Tuesday that it had killed a senior military official of Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. Bahaa Abu Al-Ata was killed in what was described as a complicated joint operation with the internal security agency Shin Bet.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that Abu Al-Ata and his wife Asmaa were killed in an Israeli air strike on their house in the east of Gaza City. It also confirmed that their children Salim, Mohammed Layan and Fatima, as well as their neighbour Hanan Hellis, were wounded in the same attack. All are in a stable condition in hospital.

Nov 12 06:11

Israeli troops kill West Bank Palestinian, UN demands probe

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian during confrontations with stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Palestinian health officials said, drawing a UN demand for the incident to be investigated, reports Reuters.

They said 22-year-old Omar Badawi was shot in the chest in Al-Aroub refugee camp, near Hebron city. It was not immediately clear if he had taken part in the protests marking the 15th anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Nov 12 06:11

The crime rate against Arab Israelis exposes intolerable state discrimination

Palestinian citizens of Israel — the Arab Israelis — are witnessing a steady increase in violence and use of firearms against their community. The number of murder victims has risen alarmingly. According to Israeli police data, 77 Arab citizens have been killed this year alone, including 11 women. In 2018 the figure was 75, including 15 women; in 2017, 72, including 10 women; in 2016, 64, including 10 women; and in 2015, 58 were killed, including 14 women.

There are 1.5 million Palestinian citizens of Israel, almost 20 per cent of the total population, but the murder rate is disproportionate to their numbers. This has led community leaders to accuse the Israeli authorities and police of not pursuing criminals adequately and seizing illegal weapons. Demonstrations have been held to condemn Israel’s official silence about the crime rate.

Nov 12 06:06

Israeli forces kill another young Palestinian man ‘for no reason’ in Hebron refugee camp

Israeli forces shot and killed a young Palestinian man outside his home today in the al-Arroub refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

Omar al-Badawi, reported to be 22-years-old, was shot in the abdomen near the front steps of his home in the camp during protests commemorating the death of revered Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Eyewitness reports said that al-Badawi was exiting his home in an attempt to put out a small fire that had started nearby as a result of clashes between Israeli forces and local protesters.

A video, published by Quds News Network, shows al-Badawi slowly exiting an alleyway next to his home and waving a white towel — seemingly to indicate to soldiers that he meant no harm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The Only Democracy in the Middle East" where innocent Palestinians get assassinated in the prime of their lives.

GIVE ME A BREAK, HERE!!

Nov 12 06:02

Israel Is Silencing the Last Voices Trying To Stop Abuses Against Palestinians

It has been a week of appalling abuses committed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank – little different from the other 2,670 weeks endured by Palestinians since the occupation began in 1967.

The difference this past week was that several entirely unexceptional human rights violations that had been caught on film went viral on social media.

One shows a Palestinian father in the West Bank city of Hebron leading his son by the hand to kindergarten. The pair are stopped by two heavily armed soldiers, there to help enforce the rule of a few hundred illegal Jewish settlers over the city’s Palestinian population.

The soldiers scream at the father, repeatedly and violently push him and then grab his throat as they accuse his small son of throwing stones. As the father tries to shield his son from the frightening confrontation, one soldier pulls out his rifle and sticks it in the father’s face.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Welcome to the "new normal" for Palestinians.

Nov 12 05:27

US Ramping Up Firepower in Syria to Match Syria, Russia: US general says redeployment to east Syria required more power.

Maj. Gen. Eric Hill, addressing the arrival of more armored vehicles at the US positions in eastern Syria, says it is part of the “resetting” of the US position further east, and required the US to have more “combat power here to sustain ourselves.”

Maj. Gen. Hill says that the goal is not simply to have power to match ISIS but “the militaries of the Syrian regime, the Russians, or even militias backed by fellow NATO partner Turkey.” The focus is on how everyone is carving up territory in eastern Syria, which was once controlled by the US and its Kurdish allies.

Though the Pentagon likes to brag about its ability to project power across the world, in Syria its ability to accomplish anything has historically hinged on getting the Kurds to do it for them. Though the deployment at the oilfields is no doubt capable of inflicting some casualties if control of the fields is challenged, it’s hard to imagine that the US believes it would truly hold this ground with a few hundred troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The troop strength here will have to be much larger than the number given by the US Military for public consumption; I would suggest a couple of thousand troops, at least, perhaps more.

I only know one thing about this on coming "war against Syria; Russia; and Turkey"; it has to start quickly, because there is zero public sentiment to pursue it, so the US government will have to have it kicked off with some horrific false flag (most probably engineered by the US's frenemies in Tel Aviv), and away we go.....

Such a war will, be again, extra-Constitutional, as only Congress has the power to declare war under our Constitution; but that being said, there is so little regard for the rule of law in this country, I sincerely doubt that more than just a precious few of us will actually notice we are in yet another illegal war of aggression; as was the Iraq war; the war against Afghanistan; and the war against Libya.

I would hope and pray that those who believe such a war would be "a good thing" for this country, are very, very careful about the outcomes they wish to have happen here, and that they remember the following; in classic Greek dramas, those who acted hubristically, wound up very, very punished and generally ultimately, destroyed.

Nov 12 04:14

SYRIA, OIL, AND THE EXCEPTIONAL, INDISPENSABLE KLEPTOCRATS

Instead of reducing the number of troops as promised, Trump approved an expanded “military mission,” supposedly to “secure” Syrian oil.

Trump Expands Military Mission in Syria Aiming to Control Oil Fields https://t.co/LcPtAiBmmc

— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) November 8, 2019

The Donald is completely irrelevant.

“At a US government-funded think tank at the forefront of shaping Washington’s interventionist designs, an American official succinctly laid out the continued-regime change strategy,” writes Ben Norton for The Grayzone.

The “think tank”—the neocon infested Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is funded by clueless American taxpayers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know what kind of bets the bookies in Vegas are taking on some kind of "false flag" (most probably engineered by our Israeli Frenemies in Tel Aviv) against American troops on the ground in Syria, or against Russian troops on the ground here, but I have a feeling that such an event may well happen soon, and it will be horrifically nasty.

One of the most iconic holidays for Americans, is our upcoming Thanksgiving; one has to wonder if this is the weekend planned for such an event, to be thoroughly screamed about throughout Thanksgiving Day, and well washed in the 24/7 news spin cycle by the time the following Monday rolls around.

Overnight polls should start, right after the beginning of the event, to see how many people in the US see it as a "justification" for a war against Syria, and off we go.

There is, however, one slight complication to this scenario; that is the Russian military presence in Syria, and just how far its President Putin is willing to go, to scotch such a move.

Should a shooting war start between the US and Syrian military, I seriously doubt that Putin is going to lead the Russian Parliament in a stirring rendition of "Kumbyah", where everyone holds hands, and sways to the music.

As much as Russia's Putin may not want to do it, he may feel that his hand has been forced, and he has to act against the US theft of Syrian oil, and its invasion of a sovereign state, where it has absolutely not been invited.

The Russian military response here may well be.... intense.

Nov 12 02:38

BRITISH MI6 AGENT AND FOUNDER OF THE WHITE HELMETS GROUP DIES AFTER "FALLING OFF BALCONY" IN TURKEY

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
The British founder of the organisation that trained the Syrian rescue group known as the White Helmets has died in Istanbul.

A spokesman for the White Helmets confirmed on Monday afternoon the death of James Le Mesurier, but said further details were yet to be established.

Le Mesurier, 48, was found dead near his apartment in central Istanbul’s Beyo?lu neighbourhood at around 4.30am. Turkish media reports said he was found with fractures to his head and legs near the building on Monday morning and appeared to have fallen from the balcony of one of the apartments.

The office of Istanbul’s governor said it had commenced a “comprehensive” investigation into the death.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Turkish media reports said he was found with fractures to his head and legs near the building on Monday morning and appeared to have fallen from the balcony of one of the apartments."

FALLEN, MY ASTROLABE!! Looks like there may well be another round of "wetwork" to "tie up loose intel ends" going on,, and Le Mesurier simply is the first case we know about.

Nov 11 12:14

‘Hey Boston! Thanks for the guns!’ Guerrilla ads oppose U.S. aid to Israel

Yesterday a Palestinian solidarity group in Boston posted photographs of ads opposing US military aid to Israel that were put up in Boston bus kiosks. Richard Colbath-Hess, who has placed Palestinian solidarity ads in Boston in the past, says that the group doing this action is anonymous because such ads are banned, and these ads were placed in kiosks in guerrilla manner, swapped out for existing ads. “The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority took down our ads twice over about a year,” he says of his own efforts. “The first time we got the ACLU to get the ad back up then they banned political ads entirely. The governor got involved. Most subways in the country have followed suit.”

Nov 11 12:13

Panic over BDS reaches fever pitch

The Czech parliament’s decision to pass a resolution condemning the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions movement as anti-Semitic last week is only the most recent example of how the panic over BDS has reached a fever pitch.

This latest round of attempts to stop public criticism of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians began in Britain in May. Jeremy Hunt, at the time foreign secretary and running for the leadership of the Conservative Party, attacked supporters of BDS by declaring that “boycotting Israel – the world’s only Jewish state – is anti-Semitic.”

Far more unnerving, Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, passed a resolution that same month that condemned BDS as inherently anti-Semitic.

Nov 11 10:42

Syrian President gives rare in-depth interview in English: video

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – In an interview with Russia Today’s UK channel, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad discussed a number of topics regarding his country.

Nov 10 14:50

US F-35 stealth jets to deploy near main Russian military base in Syria: media

This will not end well!

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 P.M.) – The U.S. Air Force will deploy its F-35 stealth jets to Israel in order to maintain a strong presence in the region, the Israeli publication 9TV reported, as quoted by the Russian publication Avia.Pro on Sunday.

“The Americans will place a huge number of hangars for their F-35 fighters on the territory of the Jewish state.

Nov 10 07:31

Israel’s Supreme Court — Upholding “Targeted Assassinations” and Torture

Time and again, Israel’s high court upholds human and civil rights abuses committed by the state.

In 2006, the court upheld its targeted assassinations policy, claiming they’re OK when no other choices exist to protect against dangers to national security — that don’t exist it failed to say.

The policy contravenes Israeli law, the laws of war, and human rights law. Time and again, Israel falsely calls legitimate self-defense by Palestinians “terrorism,” unjustifiably justifying its lawless actions, most often upheld by its high court.

In Public Committee against Torture in Israel et al v. the Government of Israel et al (1999), Israel’s Supreme Court banned the practice it earlier OK’d, ruling “psychological pressure (and) a moderate degree of physical pressure” are permissible.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Back in World War II, there was a German interrogator by the name of Hanns Scharff. Bio: Hanns Scharff

Scharff never once resorted to violence, but in an absolutely perfect English, would persuade the men he questioned, that he already knew who they were, and what they did, and frequently took them on day passes for cultural events.

The most interesting thing here, is that he managed to get precisely the information he wanted in this way.

After the war, this man was so respected by the American military that they invited him to teach his methods to the American military; (yes, the guy was that good!).

Unfortunately, those lessons learned from Scharff's techniques have been absolutely abandoned by both the US and Israeli military.

There are some very emotionally sick individuals who get off on causing extreme pain, perhaps maiming the tortured for life, and these are generally the people who wind up doing it, not because it gives them actionable information, but because they like to really hurt other people.

Nov 09 10:27

Romanian-Born Ivy League Professor Warns: Anti-White Mindset Infecting USA “on Its Way Toward Full Blown Communism"

Serban says in the interview that after a faculty member retired, the remaining professors in the department were called in to a meeting to discuss a replacement.

It was at this meeting that the dean of the art school told them that there were “too many white professors, too many heterosexual men,” and that it would be best to hire a minority or a woman, or a gay man.

Serban, who was the director of the hiring committee, says that he was told that it could not be someone like him because he is a man that has been “married, a heterosexual man who has children.”

Nov 09 10:24

NYT Says We Need Refugees to Fill ‘Void of Cultural Diversity’ in Towns That Are Too White

The New York Times needs some diversity on their staff. Too Kosher!

Even though White children are a minority in the US school system and most major cities have been ethnically cleansed of a White majority, there are still some towns that are not diverse enough for our jewish supremacist overlords. The New York Times has argued that refugees need to be resettled across rural America, into areas that are a “void of cultural diversity” (too White).

Nov 09 06:48

Israel's Netanyahu appoints far-right Bennett as defence minister

sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed the head of a far-right political party as defence minister of his caretaker government, a spokesman for the premier’s right-wing Likud party said on Friday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This move (and under Israeli law, as the leader of a caretaker government, can Netanyahu actually do this?!?) does not augur well at all for peace with the Palestinians, which is precisely why Netanyahu made this choice.

Nov 08 12:39

Iran Reportedly Shoots Down "Foreign Drone" Over Southern Port City Of Mahshahr

Moments ago, local Iranian news outlets confirmed the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran have shot down a drone from a "foreign country."

IRANIAN OFFICIAL CONFIRMS DOWNING OF A DRONE BY ARMY, SAYS IT BELONGS TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY - YOUNG JOURNALISTS CLUB

COMMANDER OF IRAN ARMY AIR DEFENSE SABAHIFARD SAYS THE DRONE WAS SHOT DOWN "BEFORE REACHING SENSITIVE SITES" OF THE COUNTRY - IRAN FRONT PAGE
The unidentified drone was downed near the port of Bandar-e-Mahshahr on the Gulf coast, ISNA and Tasnim, reported.

Iran Front Page's Reza Khaasteh said, "Mahshahr is home to Iran's Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (Petzone), where a major part of the country's petchem plants are located."

Reza Khaasteh
@Khaaasteh
Mahshahr is home to Iran's Petrochemical Special Economic Zone (Petzone), where a major part of the country's petchem plants are located.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this particular time, I would not bet against either Israel, or the US, as being the origin of this drone.

Nov 08 11:12

Momentum stalls in Congress for aid to ailing national parks

Our country is headed for 3rd world status. Mainly because of all the money the Defense Department and their Israeli masters suck out of our economy for their incessant wars.

DENVER, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Momentum in Congress has sputtered for bills that would help the U.S. National Park Service finance a $12 billion backlog in maintenance needs.

Even though it has wide bipartisan support, the Restore Our Parks legislation that would send $6.5 billion over five years to improve park infrastructure is lingering in legislative limbo. The money would come from offshore and onshore royalty revenues for oil and gas on public lands.

"This legislation represents one of the most significant investments in the 100-year history of the Park Service," co-lead author Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said in an email. "The longer we kick the can on the deferred maintenance backlog, the more we'll hold back communities that rely on visitors to help generate economic activity."

Nov 08 10:51

US Claims Iran Preparing ‘Nuclear Breakout: Pompeo demands world powers act against Iran

Iran restarted enrichment at the underground Fordow site overnight on Wednesday, and on Thursday US officials were accusing Iran of preparing a “nuclear breakout” situation the international community must unite against.

The concept of the “nuclear breakout” has always been ill-defined, but rests on the notion that at some point Iran would have such a substantial civilian nuclear program that it would be tantamount to an irreversible military program. Though it’s not clear that’s even theoretically possible, as nations like Canada and Japan have never been accused of approaching a “breakout” despite huge nuclear programs, attaching the label to Iran has been popular with US hawks and Israel.

The breakout idea is meant to push a narrative in which action, presumably a war, needs to be launched quickly. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the lead in urging other world powers to do something to force Iran back into compliance with the P5+1 deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh)Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike; please who rescinded their agreement to the PO5 +1 agreement, initially?!? Are you having a hard time remembering this, and would you like something approximating rational logic with which you can examine Iran's reasons for doing what it is doing?!?, as you look at this situation?

Well, sir, perhaps not, given your recent penchant for hubristic tirades about everything, but let me brake it down for you, if you are having a problem.

On May 8th, 2018, President Trump rescinded US support for the P5 + 1 agreement, and dropped out of the agreement.

It’s official: President Trump is pulling the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal.

This was, of course, premised on statements made by then-Israeli Premier, who , of course, charged, Iran with "having lied" about its nuclear program (as if Netanyahu was not always lying, or, equivocating on Israel's nuclear program; I smell some very choice A, bovine excrement about to hit the ventilation shaft, but let's see what Netanyahu had to say back in April 2018 on this): Netanyahu/Israel says IOran lied on nuclear arms, and pressures the US to scrap the deal

The article goes on to state: " Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled on Monday what he said was evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program that could step up pressure on the United States to pull out of a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran."

"U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the information showed that Iran’s leaders lied to their people about a nuclear weapons program known as “Project Amad”. But Pompeo declined to say whether the documents provided evidence of a violation of the nuclear deal."

Intelligence experts and diplomats said Netanyahu’s presentation, in a prime-time television presentation, did not seem to have a “smoking gun” showing a violation by Iran but it could strengthen the hand of advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump who want to scrap the nuclear agreement.

Which was why this j'accuse/dossier was created in the first place.

Most of the purported evidence Netanyahu presented dated to the period before the 2015 accord was signed, although he said Iran had also kept important files on nuclear technology since then, and continued adding to its “nuclear weapons knowledge”.

None of the foregoing was strong enough actually be considered "real evidence"; we are looking at hearsay; half-truths; and material allegedly documenting some of Iran's nuclear programs which were developed way before the 2015 Agreement.

So Secretary of State Pompeo, I have (shudder, sir, here it comes) a logical question; if the US has rescinded its support for the P5 +1 deal, why should Iran abide by it?!? Forgive me, Secretary, but where is the logic, the quid pro quo in this threat against Iran?!?

The short answer, sir, is that there is no logic in the US's position that Iran should observe the treaty, while the US has withdrawn from it; sorry, but it makes absolutely zero sense to thinking people.

And Secretary Pompeo, I would respectfully suggest, that if the US government is thinking about a war against Iran, including a decap-strike against Tehran, that perhaps they should just suck it up, and not do it.

The reason I am making this statement, is the reality that one of Russia's top officials, last June, which made the observation that if Iran is attacked by the US, that Russia would come to its aid.

Iran won't be a lone if the US Attacks, Russian Official Says. This promise was made to Iran by Zamir Kabulov, the Foreign Ministry’s special envoy for Asian countries including Iran, said at a Russian-Iranian policy forum in Moscow.

And trust me, Sec Def Pompeo; this man hardly inhales air, before Putin tells him it is OK to exhale.

Nov 08 07:11

Israel's Last War

In my 2011 book, The Wandering Who, I elaborated on the possible disastrous scenario in which Israel is the nucleus of a global escalation over Iran’s emerging nuclear capabilities. I concluded that Israel’s PRE Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PRE-TSS) would be central to such a development. “The Jewish state and the Jewish discourse in general are completely foreign to the notion of temporality. Israel is blinded to the consequences of its actions, it only thinks of its actions in terms of short-term pragmatism. Instead of temporality, Israel thinks in terms of an extended present.”

Nov 08 07:09

The Democrats finally confront military aid to Israel

Sometimes what seems impossible in politics is impossible until it suddenly becomes possible. Such a phenomenon appears to be the case now when it comes to US military aid to Israel.

For such a long time in US politics, providing weapons to Israel unconditionally and in ever greater volume appeared to be nearly sacrosanct, wrapped in the mystique of the supposed “unshakable, unbreakable” bond between the two countries about which politicians of both parties droned ad infinitum.

And, relatedly, even raising questions about the flow of weapons to Israel was widely considered to be the “third rail of US politics”, which if touched would produce instantaneous political electrocution. Only a suicidal politician, it was reasoned by the punditry, would even dare to approach it.

Nov 08 07:08

Israel: is it really a democratic state?

Most global democracy indices rate Israel as the most democratic state, or even the only democratic state, in the Middle East. Freedom House and many others have also given Israel high scores regarding human rights, political freedoms and the right of people to express freely what’s on their minds. They classify Israel as a “free” state.

In the light of such positive ratings, oppressed people all over the world should think of Israel as their ideal when they plan to escape from their own political oppression. However, the reality is very different; tests in the real world expose the fact that Israel is a racist state within which discrimination is entrenched very deeply in both policies and practices. The state deals with people according to their political or religious views, as well as their ethnicity.

Nov 08 07:07

Vegan Washing: How Israel Uses Veganism to Gloss Over Palestinian Oppression

Israel, its government tells us, is a vegan paradise of tolerance and open-mindedness, where its soldiers can serve their country according to their ethical principles, eating vegan food and wearing clothes free from leather, wool, or other animal products. There are now around 10,000 vegan soldiers in the IDF, and that figure is quickly rising. Meanwhile, Tel Aviv markets itself to foreigners as the “vegan capital of the world”.

Nov 08 07:05

Former Israel commander says Israel’s ‘unjust’ war in Palestine fuels ‘anti-Semitism around the world’

Last week a former Israeli security official urged American Jews to restrain Israel’s “unjust” war in Palestine because it fuels anti-Semitism around the world. The statement is remarkable because that view is generally seen as anathema: saying that Israel’s actions have any role in the growth of anti-Semitism.

Ami Ayalon, a Navy commander and former head of the Shin Bet, spoke at J Street last week and said that Israelis believe they are fighting a just war of defense for their existence, and that the world refuses to acknowledge that. But in fact Israel’s existence is established, and American Jews can see that Israel is engaged in an unjust war.

Nov 07 08:21

‘What Fascism Looks Like’: Israeli High Court Upholds Expulsion of Human Rights Watch Director Omar Shakir Over Alleged BDS Support

The Israeli Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the deportation and permanent expulsion of Omar Shakir, the Human Rights Watch representative in Israel and Palestine, over Shakir’s alleged support of the Boycott, Divestments, and Sanctions movement, a move that drew criticism from peace advocates and progressives around the world.

“This is what fascism looks like,” tweeted Palestinian rights advocate Diana Buttu.

The court gave Shakir 20 days to leave the country.

As Common Dreams reported, Interior Minister Arye Dery decided in April to expel Shakir, a U.S. citizen, from Israel over Shakir’s alleged support of the BDS movement.

Nov 07 07:38

Tell Argentina and Uruguay: There’s nothing friendly about Israeli apartheid

Last year, letters from Palestine, a huge outpouring on social media and actions on the ground in Buenos Aires and Barcelona convinced Argentina to cancel a planned friendly match in Jerusalem.

Israel uses the prestige of championship teams like Argentina and Uruguay and star players Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez to sports-wash its regime of oppression, apartheid and occupation.

We’ve stopped this before. We can stop it again.

Tell Argentina and Uruguay: There’s Nothing Friendly About Israeli Apartheid

Nov 07 07:33

Settlers Steal Olive Harvest in Nablus Area

Israeli settlers, today, stole an olive harvest belonging to Palestinian farmers in the village of al-Lubban al-Sharqiya, to the south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, according to a local source.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that, according to a number of Palestinian farmer, Israeli settlers from the nearby illegal settlement of Elieh had stolen the harvest of about 900 of their olive trees.

The West Bank has been witnessing a wave of settler attacks and agricultural terrorism as Palestinian farmers began the year’s olive harvest. Attacks were mainly in northern villages near Nablus and Salfit governorates, which have the largest concentration of illegal Israeli settlements.

Nov 07 07:10

‘Crucial’ Israeli missile technology handed to Russia by Syria forces

A crucial element of Israel’s defence system is at risk of becoming compromised after its advanced surface-to-air interceptor missile known as “David’s Sling” was found intact by Syrian forces and handed to the Russians to reverse engineer the technology.

Israeli sources reported that missiles fired in 2018 during what is believed to be its first known operational use, landed intact inside Syrian territory. One of the interceptor missiles failed to strike its target and another fell inside Syria. The interceptor landed intact in Syria and is believed to have been swiftly recovered by Syrian military forces and handed over to the Russians.

It’s reported that both Israel and the US asked Russia to return the missile, but there is no confirmation that the request has been met by Moscow.

Nov 07 07:01

Israel aiding Syria's Kurds, advocating for them with U.S. - official

Israel is assisting Syrian Kurds battered by a month-old Turkish incursion, seeing them as a counterweight to Iranian influence and advocating for them in talks with the United States, the deputy Israeli foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Ankara launched its assault targeting the Kurdish YPG militia after the abrupt withdrawal of 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria in early October, a move Kurds deemed a betrayal by Washington, their partner in fighting Islamic State.

In a rare public dissent with U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered humanitarian aid to the “gallant Kurdish people” on Oct. 10, saying they faced possible “ethnic cleansing” by Turkey and its Syrian allies.

Nov 07 06:45

TRUMP OKS WIDER SYRIA OIL MISSION, RAISING LEGAL QUESTIONS

Legal questions. That’s hilarious.

I just want to remember the good old days, when they felt the need to dazzle us with yellow cake uranium fraud before they stole the oil.

Via: Military Times – AP:

President Donald Trump has approved an expanded military mission to secure an expanse of oil fields across eastern Syria, raising a number of difficult legal questions about whether U.S. troops can launch strikes against Syrian, Russian or other forces if they threaten the oil, U.S. officials said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I don't know how many international treaties, to which the US is also a signatory, the US government has breached by taking this position, that they have every full, and legal right to control and sell Syria's oil, but I am betting that the number is potentially staggering.

My near-bet would be on Israel staging an horrendous false flag, causing many US service members to be killed or maimed for life, to be blamed on both Russia and Syria.

At that point, Trump will have his alleged "justification" for a war against both Syria and Russia; but Mr. President, if you allow yourself to be cornered into taking this action, it will be one of the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly idiotic things you could possibly do at this time.

I would like to suggest a scenario which has probably been war-gamed to death by the IDF, but let us look at the following; if Russia, the US, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are in hot conflicts around the world, and become broken by the conflicts, militarily and monetarily, who potentially gets control of the Mid-eastern oil, and I mean, all of it, once the dust settles?!?

Israel.

Mr. President, please do not consider Bibi Netanyahu your friend; at best, he, and Tel Aviv, are more like Frenemies.

Nov 06 13:48

Knock Knock. Who's There? Rightful Owner! Syrian Army Reportedly Reclaims Long Lost Oil Field

The majority of the country's oil fields are currently controlled by the US military, illegally stationed in the Arab Republic, and the Kurdish militia. Washington recently reaffirmed its intentions to "keep" the Syrian oil, despite objections from Moscow.

The Syrian Army started deploying its forces near the city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria, and specifically near the village of Mulla Abbas, claiming the Rumailan oilfield, which was lost to Damascus several years ago, during the civil war, SANA news agency reported. The area is located on the Turkish-Syrian border.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This illegal commandeering of Syria's oil fields by the US, may well mean that the current administration has its eyes on a shooting war with Russia over Syria's oil.

And if the US doesn't seem to be "aggressive enough" in its posture to suit its parasitic client state in the Middle East, (Israel) I am very certain that Israel's Shin Bet, would be delighted to create a false flag for us, insuring the deaths and woundings of many American service members, in order to "get the American people on board" for a nasty war against Russia.

And please remember; just because something is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for this administration to do, is utterly no guarantee that it won't do it.

Nov 06 08:52

Israeli spyware targeted Americans

An Israeli company enabled the hacking of American citizens’ phones – possibly including some belonging to government officials.

The NSO Group’s spy software used a security vulnerability in WhatsApp to hijack the phones of at least 1,400 people in the spring, a Reuters report revealed on Thursday.

The news agency spoke to sources familiar with an internal WhatsApp investigation into the breach.

The targets were spread across more than 20 countries, many of them US allies, Reuters reported.

Their sources stated that a “significant” number of the known victims were high-profile government and military officials.

Some of the victims are in the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Mexico, Pakistan and India, according to Reuters’ sources.

Nov 06 08:49

U.S. Press Horrified By Trump’s “Shoot Migrants in the Legs” But Ignores What Israeli Snipers Do to Palestinian Protesters

AMERICANS WERE HORRIFIED to hear that President Donald Trump wanted to have U.S. forces at the U.S.-Mexico border charge migrants with bayonets or shoot them in the legs. Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis at the New York Times reported that Trump wanted U.S. forces to fire on migrants as they sought to come into the country, aiming for their legs so as to injure but not kill them.

Trump has denied that he urged these courses of action, but the Washington Post was able to confirm the conversation with staffers (who objected that these steps would be illegal and who simply disregarded Trump’s instructions. Among those who pushed back was then-Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who is said to have insisted that U.S. troops not “interact” with the migrants in any way.)

Nov 05 09:51

PALESTINOPHOBIA … THE LATEST FROM JARED KUSHNER

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Middle East adviser and son-in-law is at it again. In June, he cast doubt about the ability of the Palestinian people to govern themselves. And, as if that was not enough, he made it absolutely clear this week that Israel is not responsible for Palestinian hardship.

“Israel is not the cause of all the suffering of the Palestinian people,” Kushner told the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. He went on: “If you want to go and invest in the West Bank or Gaza, the issue that’s holding you back is the fear of terrorism and that your investment could be destroyed.”

Nov 05 09:50

LOVE IN JERUSALEM CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Israeli occupation forces brutally beating number of Palestinians in Al wad road in the old city of Jerusalem

Nov 05 09:19

The Coming Middle East Conflagration

he senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran’s need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah’s rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

Nov 05 09:16

Israel’s chief rabbi calls Afro-Americans ‘monkeys’

Israel’s chief Rabbi, Yitzhak Yosef, has stoked controversy by describing Afro-Americans as “monkeys” during one of his weekly religious lessons.

The remark, which will prompt further discussion about entrenched racism within the country, was reported by Israeli newspaper Ynet News.

Yosef, whose status as chief rabbi is constitutionally recognised, is no stranger to inflammatory remarks having previously issued a “religious edict” encouraging the killing of any Palestinian armed with a knife.

While Yosef’s incitement of violence against Palestinians may have been overlooked his description of Afro-Americans as “monkeys” has drawn wide attention.

Nov 05 09:13

Israel has ‘stolen 90% of Jordan Valley’

The Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation Executive Committee said on Monday that Israel’s occupation has stolen 90 per cent of the Jordan Valley, Felesteen.ps has reported. Saeb Erekat made his comment during a press conference after a tour organised jointly by the Palestinian Ministry of Information and the PLO’s refugee department in the area.

“The biggest danger regarding the Jordan Valley and Israeli settlement is Israel’s attempt to extend its sovereignty over the Valley under security pretexts that are aimed at tightening restrictions on the Palestinians,” said the veteran PLO official. He pointed out that the occupation state has taken an estimated $450m worth of property stolen from local Palestinian residents.

Nov 05 09:12

Israel hails anti-government protesters in Iraq

Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz yesterday expressed his support for anti-government protests in Iraq; slammed Iran’s alleged intervention in the crackdown on demonstrators.

On Twitter, Katz wrote: “We sympathise with the Iraqi people’s protest for freedom & dignity. We condemn their repression and murder led by Qassem Suleimani & Iranian Revolutionary Guards.”

“The Iraqi people have a long & glorious history. Many Israelis from Iraq fondly remember years of living together.”

Nov 05 09:12

Israel is bad news for Botswana

Apartheid South Africa’s normalisation tactics came to mind when I read how the government of Israel, together with several Israeli cyber-security companies, were wooing Botswana government officials on a recent business delegation to Gaborone. In a country like Botswana that has been lauded for its impressive economic growth, such an initiative would normally be celebrated. Until, that is, one remembers that the Palestinian people have asked the world to boycott, divest and impose sanctions on Israel until that state complies with international law, ends its gross human rights violations and ends its brutal occupation of Palestine.

Nov 05 09:10

Israel's supreme court orders expulsion of Human Rights Watch campaigner

Israel's highest court on Tuesday ordered the deportation of Omar Shakir, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) campaigner on Israel and Palestine, after the government accused him of supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The order came after an appeal lodged by HRW against a previous judgement made by another court to support Israel's decision to deport Shakir was rejected.

In its judgement, the supreme court said that Israel's interior ministry had not made the wrong decision when it decided against renewing Shakir's visa.

Nov 05 09:09

Twitter censors news from Palestine

Twitter shut down the accounts of Quds News Network, a major Palestinian news publication, without warning or explanation.

Twitter has provided no explanation for why it shut down the accounts of Quds News Network, a major Palestinian news service, over the weekend.

This alarming act of censorship is another indication of the complicity of major social media firms in Israel’s efforts to suppress news and information about its abuses of Palestinian rights.

QNN said on Monday that its four main accounts were suspended without warning or explanation early on Saturday.

Nov 05 09:08

US underwrites Israel's economy, while Americans suffer

Israel is around the same size as New Jersey, one of the smallest US states and which contributes nearly $30bn to the US federal budget - very little of which is returned through federal programmes.

A portion of that money ends up in Israel. Indeed, all 50 states rely on some return of their federal taxes for infrastructure, highways, healthcare, education and other programmes. When a portion of that money is used for other purposes - such as aid to Israel - the citizens suffer the consequences.

Nov 05 08:29

We Are All Palestinians

In spite of the fact that Israeli snipers continue to shoot scores of unarmed protesting Gazans every Friday with virtually no coverage from the media, there are some signs that the ability of Israel and its friends to control the narrative regarding the Jewish state’s appalling human rights violations is beginning to weaken. To be sure, The Lobby still has sharp teeth and is prepared to use them as in last week’s report of a Florida high school principal with 26 years of experience and an otherwise impeccable record who was fired because he said that “Not everyone believes in the holocaust.”

Nov 03 04:40

Netanyahu Accuses Hamas of Firing Rockets at Israel From Gaza

On Friday, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said that a total of 10 rockets had been fired from Gaza, including eight projectiles that had been intercepted by the Iron Dome air defence system.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Hamas was responsible for all rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza.

“We are in a very sensitive security period, that is explosive in several spheres in the east, north, and south,” Netanyahu said.
“Immediately after the rocket fire on the Gaza envelope, I convened a top level security meeting in the military headquarters in Tel Aviv,” he stressed.

The Israeli military reported that the rockets were fired late on Friday. Eight of them were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome air defence system. One of the rockets hit a residential building in southern Israel, damaging it.

Tensions near the Gaza Strip border heightened on Friday amid the 81st anti-Israeli protest, dubbed the Great March of Return.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One can only wonder at what targets the IDF will hit in Gaza, or elsewhere, when it uncorks the next time; I am having a sense, however, that the next time may well be very soon; the crisis in Lebanon, with Al-Harari's resignation last Tuesday, may,, for Tel Aviv's taste, be just... too good NOT to attempt some kind of intense disturbance there.

Nov 03 02:31

Israeli guards fire tear gas into prisoner’s hospital room

An Israeli prison guard deployed to watch a hospitalized Palestinian prisoner reportedly fired tear gas into the intensive care unit room where the man was convalescing after treatment for injuries sustained during interrogation.

The Hebrew newspaper Maariv reported that an Israel Prison Service guard “accidentally” emitted tear gas in Samer Arbeed’s room at the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem earlier this month, requiring doctors to intervene.

Maariv said the incident was never reported to the prison service.

Arbeed was hospitalized on 27 September following his interrogation by Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, the Shin Bet.

But being hospitalized has not stopped his ordeal and Israeli prison authorities have continued to question Arbeed even while in the ICU.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So torturing prisoners desperately attempting to recover from injuries the IDF has already caused by previous torture, is now standard practice in Israeli jails?!?

People who do this,and get pleasure from inflicting this kind of pain, cannot possibly be humans; and Mengele would be so proud of the louthead who did this!!!

And incidents like this, of which, I am sure there are many, simply create an even stronger argument for BDS to be applied to all Israeli-made goods, internationally; most Israelis speak Hebrew, but they are all bi-lingual when it comes to income, or the lack of it.

Nov 03 02:21

As protests rock Baghdad and Beirut, Iran digs in

As governments in Iraq and Lebanon stagger and stumble under huge waves of popular protest, powerful factions loyal to Iran are pushing to quash political upheaval which challenges Tehran’s entrenched influence in both countries.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned and the government of Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has been pushed to the brink of collapse.

Both governments have enjoyed backing from the West. But they have also relied on the support of political parties affiliated with powerful Iran-backed Shi’ite armed groups, keeping allies of Tehran in key posts.

That reflects the relentless rise of Iranian influence among Shi’ite communities across the Middle East, since Tehran formed the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon in 1982 and after Saddam Hussein was toppled in Iraq in 2003.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to legitimately ask; to what extent is the US involved with this unrest, leading, it is hoped by the anti-Iran forces, to destabilization in Iraq; Lebanon; and ultimately, Tehran?!?

Nov 03 02:07

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinian Christians That Nobody Is Talking About

Palestine’s Christian population is dwindling at an alarming rate. The world’s most ancient Christian community is moving elsewhere. And the reason for this is Israel.

Christian leaders from Palestine and South Africa sounded the alarm at a conference in Johannesburg on October 15. Their gathering was titled: "The Holy Land: A Palestinian Christian Perspective".

One major issue that highlighted itself at the meetings is the rapidly declining number of Palestinian Christians in Palestine.

Increasingly beleaguered, Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem have been driven out from their historic city in large numbers. According to the city’s mayor, Vera Baboun, as of 2016, the Christian population of Bethlehem has dropped to 12 percent, merely 11,000 people.

The most optimistic estimates place the overall number of Palestinian Christians in the whole of Occupied Palestine at less than two percent.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To those Evangelical Christians who support Israel so intensely, they had better take a look at these numbers, and figure out for themselves if this country, suppressing both Christian and Muslim Palestinians, is really worth the aggravation.

I don't know what the Hebrew translation of "useful idiots" may be, but I can nearly bet you, that this phrase comes up very frequently, in conversations in the Bowels of Power in Tel Aviv, and if Evangelical, Israel-supporting Christians really knew what most Israelis think about them, it would truly break their hearts.

Nov 03 01:24

Trump Freezes Lebanon Military Aid After Israel Voiced Concerns 

Amid recent statements by both Iranian and Hezbollah leaders accusing the United States of hijacking the massive anti-corruption protests which have gridlocked Lebanon for over the past two weeks, the White House has made the dramatic and unexpected move of freezing US military aid to the Lebanese Army.

The money, part of a military aid package totaling $105 million, had been approved by Congress and the State Department, and requested by the Pentagon. Interestingly, proponents of the package argued that it would allow the Lebanese Army to grow more independent, making it less cooperative with Hezbollah.

According to Reuters the aid was frozen two days following Tuesday's resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who in a parting speech admitted he'd "reached a dead end" amid the protests which have reportedly involved one million people, or up to 25% of Lebanon's total population, and further called on "all Lebanese to protect civil peace".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ultimately, it was Winston Churchill who originally made the statement, "Never let a good crisis go to waste", echoed many years later by Rahm Emanuel, during the Clinton years.

The crisis, has been the corruption by Lebanon's government, leading to the resignation of Al-Hariri, last Tuesday.

Israel's government, and military, have collectively been itching for a reason to invade, and do a decap strike against Hezbollah, and Beirut simultaneously, creating a "regime change" to their liking.

All that is needed now, is some kind of "justification" to make this happen, and I would suggest that the timing may well be sooner rather than later; after all, the Litani River is only 5 kilometers away from the Israeli border, and the Israelis have had their eye on this resource for quite some time now.

With the current Lebanese government now in very visible meltdown from this resignation, Tel Aviv may well believe that they have their chance now to invade, and this is most probably the reason the military aid from the US was to the Lebanese military was gutted.

Nov 02 13:18

Israel is not sure they will accomplish the long planned terrorist attack in Seattle on 3-11-2019: Lieberman

Former Israeli minister of military affairs Avigdor Lieberman says the regime is in an “emergency situation” amid heightened tensions in the Middle East means that it is now vulnerable more than ever.

Nov 02 13:16

Israels next terrorist attack: Seattle Football Game - November 3, 2019 |

Predictive Programming or Coincidence? We are about to find out tomorrow

Nov 01 08:41

Israeli govt approves over 2,300 settler homes – watchdog

Israel has approved the construction of 2,342 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said Thursday.

The decision was taken on October 10, the watchdog said, adding that 59 percent of the new homes will be erected in “settlements that Israel likely may evacuate under a peace agreement” with the Palestinians.

According to Peace Now, plans for 8,337 housing units in the settlements have been approved since the beginning of the year.

This represented an increase of close to 50 percent compared with 2018, when plans for 5,618 housing units were approved, AFP reports. Some 600,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank and Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem among almost 2.9 million Palestinians.

Nov 01 07:10

Israeli Soldier Gets Slap on the Wrist for Murder of Unarmed Child

A video of the incident was uploaded to Twitter. The video shows 15-year-old Othman Helles barely get his two feet on the fence before he is shot dead. Helles is clearly unarmed, and cannot be taken as a serious threat to a soldier with a rifle and full body armor.

Since these protests began, children, paramedics, journalists, and disabled people have been killed by Israeli forces. The worst the protesters can do is hurl rocks across the fence or send burning kites, hardly a threat to the Israeli soldiers.

This conviction could just be a sorry attempt to appease the UN and other critics of the way the IDF has handled these protests. Since the first day of the Great March of Return, the UN has called for investigations into the massacres.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is why the BDF movement has to be uplifted immediately; there is no violence here, and simply a demonstration to Tel Aviv that as long as these assassinations still happen, their economic system will be as starved as much as humanly possible.

Nov 01 06:57

Hezbollah Fires Anti-Aircraft Missile At Israeli Drone Over Lebanese Airspace

A major incident has unfolded along Lebanon's southern border with Israel on Thursday involving an Israeli drone. Hours ago Lebanese media reported that Hezbollah operatives shot down an Israeli aircraft, identified as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), likely with an anti aircraft missile, specifically a MANPAD (or man-portable air-defense system).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Remember when I commented last week that nature abhors a vacuum, particularly where geopolitics are involved, and made the observation that with Harriri retiring, Israel might just hawl off and attack Lebanon?!?

This could have been a real incident, but my gut tells me that this stinks of a false flag, to be blamed on Hezbollah, as the "justification" for Israel starting a military attack against Lebanon.

Nov 01 05:23

Baghdadi raid video released as US general warns of Isis reprisal attacks: General Kenneth McKenzie says Isis will remain a threat as he shows footage of raid on leader’s Syria hideout

McKenzie said the US was under no illusions it had destroyed Isis, and warned the group would try to take revenge.

“They will be dangerous. We suspect they will try some form of retribution attack,” he said. “We don’t see a bloodless future because unfortunately this ideology is going to be out there.”

However McKenzie predicted that the campaign against Baghdadi would grind down Isis capabilities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

... And if ISIS doesn't provide a "retribution attack", one can be reasonably certain that the Unhinged, Surveilled State of Amerika has something to cobble together to make it appear that ISIS has done a "retribution attack" against US forces in Syria, causing the US, of course, to have to bring in "yet more "troops and equipment" with which to "guard" (translation: steal) Syria's oil.

And were I a betting woman, I would suggest that such an attack may well happen sooner, rather than later, before the American public, with their intense, collective, and raging case of ADHD, forgets that it was US forces who finally "felled Al-Baghdadi" in Syria.

And would someone, still in their right mind, from this madness, explain to me what the hell we are still doing in Syria?!?

Were we invited by the Syrian Government?!? Uh....no.

Were we invited in by the Russian Government, assisting the Al Assad Presidency in fighting the US trained and equipped jihadis, who were desperately trying to take out his government?!? Uh.....no.

So folks, here is the butt-ugly truth of this situation; the Trump Regime has ordered our military to invade a sovereign country, with which the US government is not at all, technically, in any degree of war against, and it has decided that stealing, and selling, Syrian oil is the highest of all possible actions we can take here, while also protecting Israel's "divine right" to squash any alleged "Iranian forces" it imagines/believes are in the country, as they see fit.

What's wrong with this picture?!? Why, absolutely nothing, if putting US troops into harm's way for no lawful, legal purpose, and wanting to engender unending war in the region are this government's goals, there is absolutely nothing wrong here; nothing to see; just don't pay attention.

But I just have to wonder how long Russia's Putin will allow this nonsense to fester, before making it crystal clear that US troops will have to vacate Syria, and permanently.

And please remember; just because a scenario is the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing President Trump could do right now, like ordering our troops to attempt to clobber Russia in Syria for its oil, is utterly no guarantee that he will not do it; God only knows, he needs some distraction from the "Impeachment Frenzy", which culminated yesterday (Halloween) in the passage of the the Dementocrat's ginned-up rules for presenting evidence in this process.

Mr. President, I must strongly caution you; please don't do this, as in sending our troops to fight both Russian and Syrian troops for Syria's oil; this would be a really bad choice, sir, one one that would permanently, even further, stain the reputation of this country as a force for good, and for peace.

Nov 01 04:37

WHATSAPP CLAIMS THAT AN ISRAELI TECH FIRM’S SPYWARE TARGETED HUMAN-RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AND JOURNALISTS

SOURCE: NEW YORKER
This spring, a team of engineers at WhatsApp detected a series of suspicious calls on the messaging service’s networks, many of them emanating from phone numbers in Sweden, the Netherlands, Israel, and other countries. At first, WhatsApp wasn’t sure what was happening. Then the engineers, working with their counterparts at Facebook, which owns WhatsApp, realized that the voice and video calls were somehow infecting targeted phones with advanced spyware, using a penetration method that the company had never encountered before. Most disturbing to the investigators was that it appeared many of the targeted phones became infected whether the calls were answered or not—what’s known as a zero-click vulnerability.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this development; Tel Aviv doesn't give a damn about the truth of what is happening to the Palestinian people, and will use every foul and filthy tech-centric way they can find, to choke the life out of any telling of punishing, real events happening the West Bank, East Jerusalem, or Gaza.

Oct 31 15:12

$160mn spent & 5 years in the making: Netanyahu’s Air Force One malfunctions AHEAD of test flight

Israel’s first-ever Air Force One has suffered a brake malfunction, ahead of its first test flight. The ambitious project, conceived by PM Benjamin Netanyahu five years ago, has repeatedly drawn criticism over its staggering cost.

The Boeing 767-300ER jet, which will be shared by the country’s president and prime minister and used on overseas trips, is expected to make its first test flight on Sunday at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. The eagerly awaited takeoff was somewhat marred on Thursday, when the plane experienced an apparent braking system malfunction.

Oct 31 13:02

USS Liberty Survivor Slams Charlie Kirk For 'Insulting' Survivors As 'Conspiracy Theorists'

A survivor of Israel's attack on the USS Liberty penned an open letter slamming Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk for "insult[ing]" survivors of the June 8, 1967 attack as "conspiracy theorists" during a Q&A session last week.

Oct 31 09:58

UN expert Michael Lynk: International community must end Israel’s ‘belligerent’ occupation

Canadian law professor and UN human rights expert Michael Lynk is no stranger to media attention.

As the Special Rapporteur on Palestinian territories, Lynk has reported on Israel’s human rights violations in the territories for years, drawing criticism from Israel and its allies, and widespread support from human rights defenders in Palestine and across the globe.

Lynk’s latest round of media scrutiny came last week when he released his latest report on the human rights situation in Palestine, and called for an international ban on Israeli settlement goods.

Oct 31 09:57

Duke students protest Tzipi Livni, former Israeli foreign minister accused of war crimes 

Students at Duke University in North Carolina repeatedly interrupted an event last Wednesday featuring Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli foreign minister who was subject to an arrest warrant issued by the UK and criminal complaints in two more European countries for her alleged role in war crimes committed during the 2008-09 Cast Lead invasion of Gaza.

The Duke Chronicle reports around two dozen protesters interrupted Livni at the event, with one student standing and shouting that Cast Lead “was a massacre” before the ex-minister could answer her first question. As soon as the first protester paused, more students stood and shouted at Livni. Some of them read names and held photos of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces. A few minutes later, the protesters began to leave the auditorium while chanting “shame” and “you don’t belong here” to Livni.

Oct 31 09:56

‘The agony’ — Young Jews shattered by Israel’s conduct dominate J Street stages

If there was one moment that conveys the crisis that the J Street conference this week revealed inside the official American Jewish community, it was when a young Jewish foreign policy professional who works at an Obama thinktank said she had avoided the Israel question all her life out of disgust at what she saw in news stories, before finally going on a semi-official delegation early this year because it included Palestine.

“I am still highly disturbed and unsettled, and I don’t know if that will ever go away,” Brett Rosenberg said quietly.

Oct 31 09:55

UMass SJP open letter to chancellor on statement attacking BDS

Open Letter to Chancellor Subbaswamy:

The UMass Amherst Students for Justice in Palestine read your statement on October 21st, 2019 regarding the November 12th panel event titled: “The Attack on BDS [Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions] & American Democracy.” We were appalled that as Chancellor of a University which prides itself on being “revolutionary” you would use your position of power to alienate students and provide false information regarding the reality of the non-violent, non-anti-Semitic, Palestinian-led BDS movement.

Oct 31 06:08

Facebook COO ignores Palestinian complaints of censorship, pledges $2.5 mill to Israel advocacy group 

The Israeli government & the ADL, which advocates for Israel, help Facebook executives decide which content to censor. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Palestinians’ Facebook pages are increasingly being removed. At a time when social media have become the new ‘public square,’ Palestinians are being denied equal access...

Oct 31 06:06

Israeli sniper gets community service over killing of Gaza boy

An Israeli soldier has been sentenced to a month of the military’s equivalent of community service and his rank downgraded for firing his weapon toward an unarmed boy during protests in Gaza last year.

The child, Uthman Rami Hillis, 14, died after he was hit in the chest with a live bullet that exited through his back east of Gaza City on 13 July 2018.

Video documenting the fatal shooting shows Hillis climbing a fence along the Gaza-Israel boundary before he falls and other protesters rush to his aid:

Oct 31 06:05

Israel worried European court ruling will force labelling of illegal settlement produce

The Israeli government is “worried” that a court decision in November will compel European countries to label produce made in illegal West Bank settlements, reported the Times of Israel.

On 12 November, the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) will issue a final decision on a case that began when an Israeli settlement winery “appealed a French court’s decision that determined that wines produced by Israeli settlers may not be labelled as ‘Made in Israel’”.

Oct 31 06:04

Israel re-arrests Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar

Just eight months after her release, Israeli occupation forces today arrested Palestinian female lawmaker Khalida Jarrar from her house in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

Her lawyer Sahar Francis said Shin Bet security services stormed Jarrar’s house in the early morning and arrested her.

Jarrar was released from Israeli jail in February after spending 20 months in administrative detention.

Oct 31 06:04

Israeli mercenaries are a threat to democracy and human rights around the world

Recent reports have revealed that a cyber-spying company in the United Arab Emirates has been hiring former Israeli intelligence officers. DarkMatter, which has intimate links with the UAE government, has been paying exorbitant sums in an effort to lure these spooks away from Israel. Their pay packets are said to amount to as much as a million dollars each.

When the spotlight is thrown on them, such “cybersecurity” firms often disclaim responsibility for the malign results of their work. They frequently claim to be involved only in legitimate security measures, and only helping recognised governments. The reality, though, is very different.

Oct 30 12:17

ACE Elevator Company 9/11 Questions and Research How could explosives be planted in the WTC?

Although we do not know exactly how explosives could have been planted in the World Trade Center prior to 9/11, without detection, we do know two things for sure. Other possible explanations were not considered in the 9/11 Commission or NIST Reports. Key people were not even mentioned in the final reports.

The possibility of controlled demolition was not seriously considered in the Nine Eleven Official Conspiracy Theory (NEOCT). There were workers with unfettered access to parts of the builds that were perfect for the planting of explosives, such as in the elevators shafts next to the vertical support columns, and above the ceiling panels next to the horizontal beams. There were also fireproofing renovation workers.

Oct 30 10:35

USS Liberty Survivor Slams Charlie Kirk For “Insulting” Survivors As “Conspiracy Theorists”

By Chris Menahan

A survivor of Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty penned an open letter slamming Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk for “insult[ing]” survivors of the June 8, 1967 attack as “conspiracy theorists” during a Q&A session last week.

The USS Liberty Veterans Association shared USS Liberty survivor Joe Meadors’ letter Tuesday...

Oct 30 10:22

Trump’s Syria Trifecta?

According to Friedman, “(t)he job of the (US) president is to…oppose any foe to ensure the survival of freedom with the fact that US interests and values still require us to remain engaged around the world in a sustainable way.”

Translation: Preemptive wars on targeted nations threatening no one are OK as long as waged by Pentagon and allied forces, the rule of law a nonissue.Fact: The so-called global war on terrorism is a colossal hoax. It’s war OF terrorism on humanity at home and abroad, not on it.

Fact: ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups are used as US imperial foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and virtually anywhere else where the Pentagon and CIA want them deployed.

The notion of involvement by US forces in combatting ISIS is one of the biggest Big Lies about US wars of aggression.

Oct 30 09:39

USS Liberty Survivor Slams Charlie Kirk For 'Insulting' Survivors As 'Conspiracy Theorists'

"[Y]ou condemned as "Conspiracy Theorists" the officers and crew of the USS Liberty (AGTR-5) who survived the June 8, 1967, Israeli attack on our ship."

A survivor of Israel's attack on the USS Liberty penned an open letter slamming Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk for "insult[ing]" survivors of the June 8, 1967 attack as "conspiracy theorists" during a Q&A session last week.

Oct 30 09:06

Israel’s new moves to airbrush the occupation

Jonathan Cook highlights moves in Israel designed to make the occupation of the Palestinian West Bank permanent by legalising land theft by Jewish settlers who would thereafter be treated as “locals”, in an attempt to bypass the international prohibition on altering the demography of occupied land. >>

Oct 30 08:45

US’ Kushner backs Netanyahu-Gantz unity government

Jared Kushner, adviser to and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, has told Israeli television that he hopes to see Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White chair Benny Gantz form a new coalition government, reported Axios.

Kushner met separately and privately with the two men on Monday, later telling Channel 13 News that “they [Gantz and Netanyahu] are the experts on how to put this together and hopefully they will be able to find a way to do that”.

“You have a different sentiment in the region of countries that want to do a lot of business with Israel economically,” Kushner added, “so it will be great for Israel to figure out how to form a government so we can start working on all the big priorities and opportunities that exist.”

Oct 30 08:44

US asks Israel to monitor China investments

Israel’s Cabinet yesterday discussed the possibility of establishing a consultative body to monitor Chinese investment in the country, local media reported.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the Israeli security cabinet the meeting came in response to a US request, no details were issues as to whether to body would be setup.

Though the meeting discussed monitoring all foreign investments, the Jerusalem Post said this was a “euphemism for monitoring Chinese investments in key Israeli infrastructure projects.”

This, other media outlets reported, was part of the US’ trade war with China.

Oct 30 08:43

The PA is doing Israel’s dirty work; that’s why it was created

Despite what you may have heard, the Palestinian Authority is not a “Palestinian government”. Indeed, “Palestinian Authority” is a misnomer, as the entity has no genuine authority, and does not act in the interests of most Palestinians.

Above all else, it is certainly not a democratic body. There have been no Palestinian Authority elections for almost 14 years now, internal ballots aside.

The last time the PA’s sham parliament held genuinely democratic elections was in 2006. From the perspective of US imperialism and its allies, though, the wrong party won. Palestine’s Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, won on an anti-corruption and social welfare ticket, with an electoral list of candidates called Change and Reform. Palestinian voters opted for Hamas as a change from the corruption viewed as rife in the ruling Fatah movement of Mahmoud Abbas.

Oct 30 08:38

Democratic pro-Israel group attacks Bernie Sanders

Democratic Majority for Israel is angry at Senator Bernie Sanders because two Muslim congresswomen of color supportive of Palestinian rights and freedom have endorsed him for president.

The group, which bills itself as the “voice of pro-Israel Democrats,” was formed earlier this year to prevent the rapid hemorrhaging of support for Israel among progressives in the party.

Mark Mellman, the organization’s leader, said last week, “It’s deeply disturbing to find a candidate who claims to be ‘100 percent pro-Israel,’ opposed to BDS and a fighter against anti-Semitism surrounding himself with a number of surrogates and endorsers who hate Israel, support BDS and have repeatedly made anti-Semitic statements.”

BDS stands for boycott, divestment and sanctions, the Palestinian-led movement to pressure Israel to respect human rights, modeled on the global campaign that helped end apartheid in South Africa.

Oct 30 07:00

Pompeo Calls on Lebanese Political Leaders to Form New Government 'to the Needs of Its Citizens'

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Trump administration wants political leaders in Lebanon to rapidly create a new government in the wake of the resignation of the country’s prime minister, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

"In light of Prime Minister [Saad] Hariri’s resignation, the United States calls on Lebanon’s political leaders to urgently facilitate the formation of a new government that can build a stable, prosperous, and secure Lebanon that is responsive to the needs of its citizens," Pompeo said on Tuesday.https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=images+yemeni+children%2C+dead+or+dying+from+saudi+airstrikes&qpvt=Images%3a++Yemeni+children%2c+dead+or+dying+from+Saudi+Airstrikes&form=IGRE&first=1&cw=1129&ch=597

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious, by making this statement, than Pompeo knows very little about the complexity of the Lebanese government, and how this is arranged.

How the Lebanese Government is Structured

But nature abhors a vacuum; I am just hoping (and praying) that Israel doesn't feel that "timing is perfect" for attacking Hezbollah in Lebanon, and of course, any "justification" (most probably without a shred of actual evidence) will do.

Oct 30 06:28

Israel is closing all of its embassies

Oct 29 23:14

Network of tunnels that contain weapons, left by Daesh, discovered in Qurea town in Deir Ezzor

29 October? 2019
Deir Ezzor, SANA- Competent authorities in Deir Ezzor discovered a network of tunnels that contain weapons and munitions, some of them are of Israeli-made, left by Daesh terrorists, in al-Qurea town in Deir Ezzor eastern countryside, SANA reporter said on Tuesday.

Oct 29 14:35

Lebanese PM Hariri submits his resignation amid ongoing anti-govt. protests

Embattled Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has submitted his resignation as people remain on the streets across Lebanon for the thirteenth day of anti-government demonstrations against the country’s economic crisis.

“I have reached a dead end today. I will head to the Baabda Palace to submit the government's resignation to President Michel Aoun,” Hariri said as he addressed the Lebanese nation in a televised speech on Tuesday evening.

“Posts are not important; what’s important is the country's dignity and safety,” he added, calling upon people from all strata of the Lebanese society to preserve the stability and security of the country.

Hariri highlighted that he wants to make a “positive shock,” saying, “No one is bigger than his country.”

He also told Lebanese political parties that “It is our responsibility to protect Lebanon.

Under the constitution, Hariri’s cabinet would stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new government is formed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the timing of this resignation, I would not bet against Israel using this Lebanese crisis as "the moment" for an attempted decap strike against Beirut, claiming that Hezbollah has triumphed in this resignation, and must now be put down.

Oct 29 14:00

Video: Jordanian Woman Locked Up in Israel Sent to Hospital After Monthlong Hunger Strike

Jordanian woman Heba al-Labadi was admitted to the Bnei Zion Hospital in the city of Haifa Thursday, after going on a monthlong hunger strike to protest her detention without trial by Israeli officials.

According to a report by The Times of Israel, Labadi, 32, received fluids at the hospital on Thursday and Monday before being sent back to the Kishon Prison in northern Israel where she is being held. She was arrested by Israeli officials on August 20 at the Allenby Bridge that connects the West Bank with Jordan “because of suspicion of her involvement in serious security violations,” according to the Israeli Shin Bet security service.

Labadi has been held in administrative detention for months without any formal charges, with Israeli authorities claiming that she is a danger to the country’s security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Indefinite detention, coupled with torture and solitary confinement, without any real shred of something approximating evidence, is a common set of tools used by Shin Bet.

Oct 29 07:54

Trump's Plan To Send U.S. Oil Majors To Syria Sparks Outrage

A suggestion by President Donald Trump to send U.S. Big Oil companies in Syria to manage its oil fields has sparked outrage among both energy and legal experts, Reuters reports.

Oct 29 05:05

Something Stinks in Syria’s Oil Fields

When the US “withdrew” from Syria, Donald Trump announced that he had secured Syria’s oil from ISIS and was protecting it.
Further announcements indicated the US was leaving 500 troops there and would be moving in heavy armor, this being done well outside the purview of agreements with Russia and certainly in violation of Syria’s sovereignty.

Behind it all, we have the very long history of oil theft in the region but first we are going to touch on recent statements made by President Assad who asserted that Turkey, under Erdogan, had stolen billions in Syrian assets, entire factories, oil, wheat, antiquities, and more.

I had gone over existing lists with Dr. Najm, then Minister of Justice, now a law professor in Damascus and columnist for Veterans Today.

Oct 28 18:33

The Strange Case of Baghdadi, Was He the Jewish Head of a Mossad Run ISIS?

One might assert that accusing Israel of training agents to infiltrate Arab organizations is “anti-Semitic” with this exception, they admit that not only do they do it all the time, but that this is a primary Mossad purpose.

Israeli operatives fill the ranks of Hamas and Hezbollah, ISIS and al Qaeda. In some cases dozens have been executed but, as had come to the surface in 2014, one stood out above the rest, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi or has he had been exposed, Shimon Elliot.

Oct 28 11:10

Globalist Trump Fake Left-Right Paradigm Psyop Against Real Truthers Continues

Some food for thought.

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